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the Pharisees

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishthe Phariseesthe Pharisees[plural]RRJ a group of Jews who lived at the time of Christ and who believed in strictly obeying religious laws Pharisee
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the PhariseesThe practice of fasting had grown up amongst the Pharisees as a sign of their superiority.Because the Pharisees were the predominant sect, few, Sadducee writings have survived.At that time there was a dispute between the Pharisees and Sadducees as to when the festival should begin.Some people think of Christians as being like the Pharisees.This was the main reason the Pharisees hated the tax-collectors: they were in the pay of the Romans.We tend to think that the Pharisees were unscrupulous, double-dealing, untrustworthy.We have records of frequent clashes with the Pharisees over the sabbath and other traditional observances.
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